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How To Motivate Yourself To Workout

Photo taken from Flickr user: Steve-h

Lately I have been slacking on my workouts, and have also been eating out more than usual. As a result I have gained 5 pounds in the last two weeks or so. Uh oh! Then again, my body naturally gains weight going into Spring/Summer, and then losses it going into Fall/Winter (makes me feel better if I state this). You would think it should be the opposite (lose pounds in warm weather and gain pounds in cold weather), but apparently my body doesn’t work that way.

While I’m no personal trainer, I do have a few tricks that I find helpful in order to get myself in the working out spirit, and it seems like I need to review those at the moment. So here they are, one trick for every pound I have gained in the last couple of weeks:

  1. Pick a time of day
    For me, if I don’t do my work out in the late morning time (9-11am), then I’m less likely to do it at all. For others working out either really early in the morning (5-7am) or really late at night works better. The trick is: determine the workout time (early morning, morning, noon, afternoon, night) that you prefer or best benefits you.
  2. Choose between cardio and strength training
    Most people, I would assume, either prefer running or weight lifting, but not both. I personally am more of a runner and focus on setting new goals/records in that; anything I do with weights, I see as a bonus. The trick is: instead of doing a half-ass job in both cardio and strength training, go all out in one and treat the other one as supplementary to your overall workout.
  3. Set up the environment
    Honestly, I think this is half of the battle, or at least it is for me. Once I get myself dressed and out the door (to go running), I feel much more motivated and in the zone. The trick is: don’t think about the workout too much, just get yourself where you have to be (outdoors, gym, garage, wherever).
  4. Listen to your pump up music
    Certain songs have the necessary elements to pump us up, whether it’s upbeat music or not. The trick is: find the music that best gets you energized to work out.
  5. Develop a routine/schedule/consistency
    This is the glue that holds it all together. If you know exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to do it, then you’re probably more likely to do it. The trick is: determine what works best for you and keep at it.

These five tricks will need to be tweaked every few months, as they don’t usually stay effective throughout the whole year. For example, as it starts to get hotter, I like to go running earlier in the morning to avoid the heat and sun. Or if it’s raining season, I’ll skip my runs and do more weight lifting instead. Also, you’ll likely update your playlist constantly as you start to get tired of certain songs and new ones come out.

Just like every penny adds up to a dollar, so does every movement and workout to your overall progress. It’s not about doing a lot, but just doing something to move you forward.

Playlist: 15 Tracks To Run To

I recently reached a 1500 milestone. I’ve been running for about 5 years, but have only been able to track my runs with mobile applications for about a year and a half. So really, I’ve ran at least twice as much. Nonetheless, I’ve picked 15 of my favorite songs that have helped me reach this distance. Total playtime: 55 minutes (enough for 5 miles).

5 Non-Current-Singles To Get You Going

  1. Fire In Your New Shoes by Kaskade ft. Dragonette
    Perfect song to get it all started. Beat gets you going without thumping too hard.
  2. Do It In The AM by Frankmusik ft. Far East Movement
    A little quieter/softer song. I personally think running is better to do it in the AM.
  3. Hangover by Taio Cruz ft. Flo Rida
    Fun type of song, but you probably won’t be running if you are indeed suffering from a hangover
  4. Where Have You Been by Rihanna
    Light thumping keeps those feet going. If you want to, you could imagine you’re running to find someone.
  5. I’m A Machine by David Guetta ft. Crystal Nicole
    Techno inspired song. You’re a machine, keep running!

5 Rock Songs To Push You Harder

  1. To Be Loved by Papa Roach
    Fast paced song, but not yet full-blown heavy rock.
  2. Metalingus by Alter Bridge
    Has a long intro, which I personally enjoy.
  3. Rollin’ by Limp Bizkit
    Halfway-through-the-run song, keeps you rolling…
  4. Superstar by Saliva
    This song has a breeze-like feeling at the beginning and a strong stretched-out ending.
  5. Step Up by Drowning Pool
    Probably the hardest-rock song of the bunch.

5 Recent-Releases To Finish Off Strong

  1. Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO
    This should be your inspiration song!
  2. International Love by Pitbull ft. Chris Brown
    Fun song, which can be used to imagine running around the world.
  3. Turn Me On by David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
    Another fun David Guetta dance song.
  4. We Run The Night by Havana Brown ft. Pitbull
    A relatively new song, without much exposure. Gets me going, and is perfect for a late night run?
  5. Turn Up The Music by Chris Brown ft. Rihanna
    The newest song of the bunch. I’m already obsessed with it.